Trainer Richard Mandella reported Sunday from Santa Anita that The Tin Man, the 123-pound high weight for the $400,000 Citation Handicap Friday, would skip the grade I test at 1 1/16 miles on grass."No serious problems; he just stiffened up again," said Mandella, of the 8-year-old Affirmed gelding. "I'm going to quit training him and give him a couple months off."Last month, Mandella withdrew The Tin Man, who won the Arlington Million (gr. IT) this summer, from consideration for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) for similar reasons.
A large and competitive field is shaping up. Neil Drysdale worked two leading contenders, Rob Roy and Becrux, on the turf Sunday. They were joined by Sweet Return from the Ron McAnally stable, Hendrix from the Craig Dollase barn, and Stormin Away, a possible from the Jeff Mullins stable.The probable field:
Ashkal Way, Garrett Gomez, 119 pounds;
Becrux, Patrick Valenzuela, 119;
Rob Roy, Corey Nakatani, 119;
Three Valleys, Ramon Dominguez, 117;
Whilly, David Cohen, 117;
Cosmonaut, Edgar Prado, 116;
Silent Name, Victor Espinoza, 116;
Sweet Return, Alex Solis, 116;
Courtnall, no rider, 115;
Hendrix, David Flores, 114;
Place Cowboy, no rider, 113;
Brave Maestro, Tyler Baze, 113; and
Stormin Away, no rider, 113.